The Previous Play is Under Review
The Yankees and their fans shouldn't fool themselves. This Monday morning, they find themselves down 2-0 to in the American League Championship Series a superior team. Missed calls, though frustrating, wouldn't have made a lick of difference. But as Joe Girardi said, "In this day and age when we have instant replay available to us, it's got to change." And change it will.
Fans and haters alike know that the Bronx Bombers were hosed during Sunday night's game 2 against the Detroit Tigers. Umpire Jeff Nelson called Omar Infante safe as he dove back into second base while clearly being tagged out by Robinson Cano. Watching a replay after the game Nelson conceeded, "The hand did not get in before the tag. The call was incorrect." Now how hard would that have been to do that seconds after the blown call and fix the missed call immediately?
Major League Baseball's preeminent franchise was wronged, the proverbial straw that broke the camel's back concerning a potential NFL style instant replay system. When the rules committee meets this offseason, what do you surmise will be the number one topic on the docket? Commissioner Bud Selig will not make any promises or make anything official before that time but MLB is on the verge of full on instant replay. The system won't be perfect and the umpires will still miss calls even with the crutch of review. But we clearly have the ability to execute instant replay and the need has never been greater.